Rise or Fall: Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks Preview

APRIL 24, 2011

7:30 PM EDT/6:30 PM CDT

CSN Chicago, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, WGN 720

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (8)

Regular Season Record: 44-29-9

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS (1)

Regular Season Record: 54-19-9

The Enemy’s Aerys Sports Site: Dekes and Dangles

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Two wins are fine and dandy but quite frankly they mean nothing when you’re down 3-0 in a series.

Lose tonight and those great wins? Meaningless.

Who do you need to step up in times like this? Your captain.

While Jonathan Toews hasn’t had a terrible series, he has an uncharacteristic -2 rating in the series and rookie Ben Smith has a two more goals than him. So Mr. Conn Smythe winner… what do you have in store for us this post-season?

You couldn’t script a better opportunity to tie this series. The Blackhawks at home with all the momentum in the world with back-to-back five goal wins.

Brent Seabrook returns but the question is what impact will he have on this game? Will the team rally around him?

Just like before there’s just this one game and that’s it. No more, no less.

Take the fight to Vancouver, don’t let Vancouver take the fight to you.

Are the Blackhawks the team that couldn’t comeback or the team to have the opportunity to rewrite history again?

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Wednesday, April 13 at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m. CHI (0) – VAN (2)
Friday, April 15 at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m. CHI (3) – VAN (4)
Sunday, April 17 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. CHI (2) – VAN (3)
Tuesday, April 19 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m. CHI (7) – VAN (2)
Thursday, April 21 at Vancouver, 10:00 p.m. CHI (5) – VAN (0)
Sunday, April 24 at Chicago, 8:00 p.m.
*Tuesday, April 26 at Vancouver, 7:00 p.m.

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INJURY REPORT

CHI: Defenseman Brent Seabrook (assumed concussion) is set to return, however forward Tomas Kopecky remains out. (nhl.com)

VAN: Andrew Alberts (wrist) could return for the series. Manny Malhotra (eye) is done for the season. (nhl.com)

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QUOTED

Jonathan Toews, CHI: “Whether the plays we draw up work or not, we’re finding a way to expose them and force them to make mistakes, and we’re getting opportunities. The more you do that, the more chances you get, and eventually they’re going to go in for you. That’s the only difference right now. We have confidence now compared to those first three games. We just have to keep building off that.”

“Scoring the amount of goals that we did in the last two games gives you a bit of swagger and . . . confidence, but we don’t want that to make us overconfident. We’ll use that to our own ­advantage but not be our own worst enemy because of it. We know they’re still a heckuva team. We just have to stick to playing the way we play and not get too cocky about it.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Christian Ehrhoff, VAN: “It’s definitely important for us to think about this game like a Game 7. You don’t want to go in with the mentality that you have another shot at it if we don’t make it. We want to close out the series tonight. That’s our goal.” (Vancouver Sun)

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STATS

via NHL.com

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